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Aussie businesses make Olympic effort for London 2012 gold

Austrade media release

29 July 2010

Australia has already won a swag of Olympic gold with confirmation today that over 20 Aussie businesses have secured around $250 million in contracts for the London 2012 Olympics.

Colin Biggs, Austrade’s London-based Senior Business Development Manager responsible for Olympic Games activity, said leading Australian infrastructure companies, and architects, as well as specialists in procurement, security training and sports management, have all secured contracts. (list below)

“Sydney is still viewed as the gold standard for Olympics so it’s probably not surprising that Australian companies, who are recognised as world leaders in their often specialised fields, have been successful in securing contracts,” said Mr Biggs.

“There are also many Australian nationals in key positions within the organising structure including the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chief Executive Officer, David Higgins.”

Mr Biggs confirmed that there are still contracts available for the £10bn project in areas such as the development of the opening ceremony.

“We have noticed that the successful companies invariably pitch themselves as world leaders in their field, and stress their involvement either in previous Olympics or in similarly demanding events,” he said.

“It's also worth noting that the organisers will often seek to appoint major, tier 1 contractors, and rely on the supply chain to manage the tier 2 and 3 levels of subcontracts. The target for many companies is therefore frequently not the organising committee.

“Beyond that, Austrade is in regular contact with key players to get more specific business intelligence on developing structure, priorities and timing of the organising committee and the many commercial organisations, and areas where Australian capability can make a contribution, including insights into how supply chains operate.

“The London 2012 games will also provide an opportunity to form alliances with UK and European partners, allowing consortia to bid for future northern hemisphere projects, such as the Euro 2012 football tournament in Poland and the Ukraine in 2012, and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 in Russia.”

Austrade will be hosting the Australian Government's official business networking program, Business Club Australia, at the London Olympics. Businesses interested in being advised of the events can register at

Developers of the Stratford City project. This is a major retail and community development immediately adjacent to the Olympic Park. A key part of the Olympic legacy for the area and linked to developments such as the Olympic Village
Lend Lease
Development Managers, Project Managers & Construction Managers for the Olympic Athletes Village
Robert Bird Group
Structural engineers working with Lend Lease on the Athletes Village project
Architects in the Team McAlpine Consortium, responsible for designing the main stadium. Also contracted to advise on the overall Games Masterplan.
Appointed official Architectural and Overlay Design Services Provider.
Sinclair Knight Merz
Engineering consultancy, part of a multi-disciplinary design team for the 12,000 capacity Basketball Arena and for the Handball Arena
Appointed to the design team for the Handball Arena
BVN Patel Taylor
Architects involved in the design of the Olympic Village
Denton Corker
Appointed to the panel of architects for the Olympic Village
Velodrome track designer
Event Planning Group
Event Planning services Providing seconde esources to LOCOG in the areas of: cost management, project management, facilities management, procurement and CDM.


Media contact

Samantha Mattila, Senior Media Adviser, Ph: 02 9392 2388, M: 0434 567 673

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